Erik ten Hag is ready to raid the Eredivise for a third time this summer in a bid to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes next motnth.
The Dutchman has endured a frustrating summer with United failing to deliver their new manager a number of his top targets.
Ten Hag has, thus far, been armed with just three new signings following the arrivals of Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tryell Malacia.
United failed, however, to secure the signings of Ten Hag’s former charges Antony and Jurrien Timber, while hopes of signing Frenkie de Jong, following a chaotic summer long pursuit, appear to be fading fast.
The gaping holes in Ten Hag’s squad were brutally exposed by Brighton on Sunday as United suffered a chastening 2-1 defeat against the Seagulls at Old Trafford.
Speculation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future continues to cast a shadow over the start to Ten Hag’s tenure, while an injury to Anthony Martial, who had enjoyed a promising pre-season, has provided another headache.
While the need for midfield reinforcements is obvious, Ten Hag is also keen to strengthen his attack with both Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho beginning the new season in underwhelming fashion.
In a response to Sunday’s setback, according to , Ten Hag has sanctioned a move for PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo who is valued at £35milion by his current club.
The 23-year-old scored 21 goals in 47 appearances last season and has been capped seven times by Netherlands at senior international level.
Arsenal had been monitoring Gakpo’s situation and remain interested in signing a wide forward this summer after missing out on Raphinha who joined Barcelona from Leeds United.
Gakpo, now coached by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, had appeared set to remain at PSV for another season but could have his head turned by genuine Premier League interest, although his club will not countenance any offer below their asking price.
United, meanwhile, appear set for another setback with Marko Arnautovic, who emerged as a shock target over the weekend, likely to remain at Bologna, according to his manager Sinisa Mihajlovic.
‘I would be happy for Marko [in case he joins United] but I don’t think he will leave,’ said Mihajlovic.
‘I spoke to Arnautovic about Man Utd proposal – in case he leaves we will see… but I think he will stay.’
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